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SUMMER – AUTUMN CALENDAR

Here you will find all the events that take place in Venice and nearby during summer and autumn season. This list include: exhibitions, events, and festivals but also features events related to local folklore and sport.

JUNE

The Regatta (Palio) of the Ancient Maritime Republic
June 6th -7th

The “Regatta (Palio) of the Ancient Maritime Republic” is a competition on eight-oared galleons comprised of crews from Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. The event was born in the postwar period and is organized every year at the beginning of the summer by each of the four cities in turn (June 6th-7th 2015 is Venice’s turn). It combines a fascinating historical-cultural message with a spectacular level of competition. The regatta is always preceded by a solemn historical parade, famous for the precious costumes worn by the participants, a fitting introduction to the atmosphere of the competition.

Biennale College 2015
June 25th – 28th

Biennale College Dance 2015 is open to dancers over the age of 18 with proven experience in the techniques of contemporary dance.
The project will include an educational and training programme led by contemporary dance teachers. Groups of dancers will be led by a guest choreographer. These courses culminate in the creation of short choreographic works that will be presented to the public on the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th June 2015, as part of the Biennale College Dance 2015 event titled “The dignity of Gesture”, directed by Virgilio Sieni.

San Pietro di Castello Festival
June, 26th – 30th

A lively local festival in celebration of St Peter the Martyr. A week of events near the San Pietro di Castello includes competitions, concerts and food stands.

JULY

Festa del Redentore
July, 18th – 17th

The Festa del Redentore is a festival particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration attracting thousands of visitors. Every third Saturday night in July, the inimitable setting of St. Mark’s Basin hosts a phantasmagorical firework display that lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city with a kaleidoscope of colours and reflections. At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly coloured lanterns, begin to flock into St. Mark’s Basin and the Giudecca Canal. The boats then moor alongside each other and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities while they wait for the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight.

San Giacomo dell’Orio Festival
July, 18th – 27th

Concerts, a barbecue and a charity raffle make up this local fair: it provides a great occasion to ‘do as the Venetians do’ in a truly beautiful campo.

Biennale Theatre
July, 31th – August, 9th

One of the longest-running events dedicated to contemporary theatre, produced by the Venice Biennale since 1934. Director Alex Rigola.

SEPTEMBER

72nd Venice International Film Festival
September, 2nd – 12th

The 72nd Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido from 2nd to 12th September 2015, directed by Alberto Barbera.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

Regata Storica
September, 6th

The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar. This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race. Scores of typically 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge’s wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a a brightly coloured parade. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean.
Today there are four races divided in terms of age and type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these is the “Campioni su Gondolini” race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the famous “machina”, the spectacular floating stage located in front of the Ca’ Foscari palace.

OCTOBER

Venice Marathon
October, 25th

Venicemarathon is an international marathon globally recognized and certified by the IAAF Silver Label, with the official Olympic distance of 42.195 kilometers. It one of the most classic and fascinating disciplines and challenges offered in modern athletics.

Today Venice Marathon is a marathon of recognized quality, as evidenced by the IAAF Silver Label. After many years, it still continues to exercise a fascination and appeal. More than 8,000 people can enter, and there are always willing participants.

Venicemarathon is something beyond just a “Marathon of Venice”: it is the focal point of events and initiatives eagerly embraced by a broad spectrum of people, not just runners. San Giuliano Park is the centerpiece pre-marathon week – and kicks off on Friday with the unveiling of Exposport and Open Sport. Saturday see Family Runs involving children and young people from across the province.

NOVEMBER

The Feast-day of the Madonna della Salute
November, 21th

The Festa della Salute is probably the least “touristy” of the Venetian festivities and evokes strong religious feelings among the city’s inhabitants.

The holiday is, like the Redentore, in memory of another bout of pestilence, which lasted for two years from 1630-31, and the subsequent vow by the Doge to obtain the intercession of the Virgin Mary.
Even today, thousands of inhabitants visit the main altar of the imposing Salute Church on November 21 to give thanks, demonstrating the strong symbolic tie that remains between the city and the Virgin Mary.

DECEMBER

Winter in Venice

Enjoy ice skating in Venice. Relish the great events laid on for New Year’s Eve. Celebrate Christmas in St. Mark’s Square, with Christmas illuminations and concerts, entertainment for kids and full schedule of Venetian events lasting till Epiphany.

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